Ambridge Area Middle School students crafted entries for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's 2020 Calendar Contest. This year's calendar features the Spotted Laternfly.
The purpose of the contest is to educate students and their families about the importance of inspecting items prior to leaving a quarantine area. Students are required to learn details about the spotted lanternfly here, and then craft artwork that includes at least one fact about the invasive insect. Complete guidelines for submission can be found here.
Entries will be judged in four divisions: first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade. First, second and third place winners will be named in each division, with a grand prize winner selected from the first place division winners. Each division winner will have their artowrk appear on a page in the 2020 Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Calendar.
Winners will be notified December 16-20, 2019 and announced at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
We received this notification yesterday from the Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University!! Each year the 8th grade regular education science classes complete a statics project and the top projects are entered into the below referenced contest. Last year Lauren Mawhinney’s class won an Honorable Mention and this year Tomasina Crapis (a long term sub) had two projects earn Honorable Mention!
A total of 548 posters were received from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the 2016 Pennsylvania Statistics Competition, hosted by Saint Francis University! The total count included 89 posters from Kindergarten to 3rd grade, 234 from 4th to 6th grade, 131 from 7th to 9th grade, and 94 from 10th to 12th grade.
BOARD REORGANIZATION MEETING NOTICE: The Ambridge Area School District Board of Directors will hold their Reorganization Meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium of the Ambridge Area High School, 909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA.
LOCAL SCHOOL DIRECTOR HONORED
Long-term school directors are being honored across the state by the Pennsylvania School Board Association at local board meetings. School directors are recognized for years of service from 8 to 36 years.
Mary Jo Kehoe, a member of the Ambridge Area School Board, received recognition for 12 years of service. She was presented with a certificate adding her to the PSBA “Honor Roll of School Board Service.”
School directors continually are spending more of their personal time on school-related activities. Fifty-four percent of them devote 16 hours or more a month to school board business. That shows a real commitment on their part.
They exemplify leadership and dedication, giving unselfishly to their communities, students and the public schools. Their efforts, along with those of their fellow board members, reflect their dedication to giving our children the opportunity to gain knowledge through the best education system possible.
Thank you Mary Jo for you commitment to the Ambridge Area School District!
Eight AAHS students have distinguished themselves by their induction into the Tri-M Honor Society, chapter 3967 at Ambridge Area High School. John Barnhart, Rhiannon Bosh, Amelia Freed, Natalie Garrison, Marjorie Jarsulic, Fiona Ozenich, Elisabetta Pucci, and Zoe Setzenfand were inducted on December 3, after meeting all of the required criteria for membership. This criteria includes: maintaining an “A” average in all music classes and a “B” average in all other classes, participation in at least two music ensembles, teacher recommendations, and a public performance in either a solo capacity, or a small group.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is an international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Through more than 4,500 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world. Tri-M was founded in 1936 by Alexander and Frances Harley, incorporated and renamed Modern Music Masters in 1952, and in 1983 recognized as the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Students in Mrs. Weale's Life Skills classes at the middle school are making friends the old fashioned way - by being pen pals!
Mrs. Weale's students have teamed up with the Life Skills class at Mars High School to do a Pen Pal project. By writing their letters, students are able to work on their grammar, spelling, penmanship and computer skills with the added bonus of making new friends.
The students will correspond several times during the school year. The best part will come at the end of the school year when the pen pals will have the opportunity to meet each other.
Tony Kraus, Sr placed 6th in the 200y IM & got his best time ever placing 10th in the 100y breast stroke.
Sarah Doncevic, Fr placed 8th in the 100y back stroke and 11th in the 50y freestyle.
The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom
Mindfulness is often described as the awareness that arises through intentionally attending to one’s moment-to-moment experience in a nonjudgmental and accepting way. It brings awareness to a person’s relationship to their experiences: thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Derived from the Buddhist contemplative tradition, mindfulness has gained popularity throughout the United States in recent years. Mindfulness has successfully been used within clinical settings to treat patients with Anxiety and Depression, as well as other mental health and psychological disorders. Studies have shown it to be effective in reducing stress hormones. Participants are asked to attend to the present moment in an intentional, nonjudgmental matter. Mindfulness encourages one to embrace the present moment with curiousness, openness and acceptance. It is important to avoid multi-tasking and focus on one experience in a non-reactive manner. Mindful thinking is not about being right, but instead encourages the participant to respond in an appropriate, deliberate way based upon the situation.
March 12, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.
First, it is important to remember that at this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within our region. We are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Superintendents and Educational Leaders within Beaver County are maintaining regular contact with our local health professionals to share information, seek guidance, and ask questions to help us in planning for any regional needs.
We encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC recommends the following tips that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for a minimum of 24 hours after you no longer have a fever.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additionally, our Districts and Schools are taking the following steps in order to be prepared for the possible entry of the virus into our region.
- School Nurses continue to coordinate with the PA Department of Health for guidance and monitoring of data related to coronavirus.
- Faculty meetings will be held to review proper handwashing techniques. Staff will then provide students with instructions and reminders of the importance of frequent handwashing.
- Students and staff are asked to stay home if they are ill, maintaining the CDC recommendation that individuals remain home for 24 hours after they no longer have a fever.
Buildings & Grounds/Custodial
- Custodial staff will continue to use U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved products at appropriate dilutions to clean all surfaces.
- Custodial staff are paying particular attention to all hard surfaces and “high touch” areas throughout each building.
- Districts are in communication with their transportation companies/departments to ensure there is a plan in place for buses to be cleaned with an approved cleaner and following an appropriate protocol.
- Signs reminding everyone of the importance of washing their hands frequently are hung throughout the schools.
- Anyone concerned about symptoms or possible exposure should stay home and contact his/her health care provider.
- The Districts request that if students are traveling out of the country, or to an area of the U.S. that is known to have coronavirus, parents/guardians should notify the School Nurse. The School Nurse will assist the family in ensuring all CDC guidelines are followed.
- The Districts request that non-school based organizations, such as booster groups, with travel plans to areas outside of our region contact the Superintendent to review travel plans and protocols.
- Student field trips are being monitored and reviewed on a case by case basis. Our Districts will continue to actively monitor the situation with coronavirus and the recommendations from the CDC. This rapidly evolving health concern will present unique challenges, but we remain focused on prioritizing safety and ensuring quality communication with our communities. We thank you for your continued support in keeping our students, staff, and communities safe.
Dr. Jane Bovalino, Superintendent
Rochester Area School District
Dr. Peter Carbone, Superintendent
Aliquippa School District
Mr. Alan R. Fritz, Jr., Superintendent
South Side Area School District
Dr. Jeffrey A. Fuller, Superintendent
Freedom Area School District
Dr. Joseph A. Guarino, Superintendent
New Brighton Area School District
Mr. Barry King, Substitute Superintendent
Ambridge Area School District
Dr. Michelle Miller, Superintendent
Hopewell Area School District
Dr. Donna Nugent, Superintendent
Big Beaver Falls Area School District
Dr. Nicholas Perry, Superintendent
Central Valley School District
Dr. Robert H. Postupac, Superintendent
Blackhawk Area School District and
Western Beaver County School District
Dr. Eric Rosendale, Executive Director
Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit #27
Dr. Carrie Rowe, Superintendent
Beaver Area School District
Mr. Sean D. Tanner, Superintendent
Midland Borough School District
Mr. Bret Trotta, Superintendent
Riverside Beaver County School District
Mr. David A. Wytiaz, Administrative Director
Beaver County Career & Technology Center
The 14th Annual Winter Olympics were held Friday December 20th at the high school. Competition among the grades in grueling events like the Obstacle Course, Soccer and Hockey. The exhilaration of victory and the pain of defeat as the students cheered for their classmates.
WTAE's Action 4 Weather teamed up with the Carnegie Science Center today to teach students at State Street Elementary School about the weather. The presentation included information - and hands-on demonstrations - about severe weather, natural disasters, Western Pennsylvania weather and weather safety tips.
A special thank you to WTAE and Carnegie Science Center for the fun presentation today!